Summer Sangria

I believe that it’s always a good time for sangria, so please feel free to replace “summer” in the name of this sangria recipe with a season of your choice πŸ˜‰

Comment section screenshot "I like to think it's always sangria season"

It’s a fantastic party beverage, especially if you can make it at home and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I made last night’s sangria at the BBQ we went to, because I had visions of exploding sangria and the Pilot’s car smelling like wine and brandy for the rest of the year. I personally don’t mind the smell of wine and brandy, though…

This sangria recipe might be called "Summer Sangria," but it's always a good season for sangria! This recipe makes two large pitchers--perfect for BBQs!


Summer Sangria

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 green apples, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • juice of one orange
  • 1/4 C sugar, divided
  • 2 C orange juice (store bought)
  • 1 C brandy
  • 1 C triple sec
  • 1 supersize bottle of *inexpensive* dry red wine OR 1.5 regular bottles


  • 2 large pitchers


  1. Add half of all the ingredients to each pitcher
  2. Mix well
  3. Serve over ice
  4. Enjoy!


  • Halve the recipe to make just one pitcher



Sangria ingredients


Brandy and triple sec


It’s super refreshing, not too sweet and a party beverage staple in our house.

I’m off to get some groceries for the week and hit up a spin class. Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya later <3



Something to do:Β While we’re enjoying the day, please take a second to send love to the families of those who fought bravely, selflessly and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. The Pilot has lost some close friends, and I am forever thankful to those who dedicate their lives for our safety.

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  1. Robyn (GirlonRaw) on May 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    It’s posts like these that make me WISH i didn’t live in a dry country!!!

  2. Kilee on May 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Yum! I love sangria! It’s the perfect summer drink and fully customizable to whatever you have on hand πŸ™‚

  3. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on May 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    20 bonus points for you for using the term “hoity-toity” πŸ˜€ I love that term!

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      hahah i do too πŸ™‚

  4. JennyV on May 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I Love sangria!! We should have a sangria recipe round-up!

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      haha let’s do it! feel free to link away πŸ™‚

      • Sara on May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        I made a delicious Spanish Red Wine Sangria with oranges, watermelon and strawberries ~~~~~> This is my new blog, so feel free to pass it along πŸ™‚

  5. Blake @ Blake Bakes on May 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love sangria. Before I turned 21 I frequently made virgin sangria, just use grape juice, for parties. My friends would initially complain but then they would gulp it down and start picking the fruit out of the bottom of the pitcher. It’s always a hit.

  6. Sarah on May 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Looks delicious! What would you say to using maple syrup in place of the sugar? Think that might be ok?

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      yeah that should work!

    • Krystina (Krystina Yogini) on May 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I would personally stick to a more neutral sweetener like agave to ward off any possibility of maple flavor.

  7. Brittany on May 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    My madre and I made strawberry daiquaries last night. I dont really drink so she made them really weak. Then we had friends come over and one of them is a bartender and she made them and poured a ton of extra rum in them and poured me a glass. Very good but a lot of alcohol. I didn’t mind because it was so hot out so it was nice and refreshing. Good thing I am my fathers daughter and can hold my alcohol!

  8. Gina on May 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I recall at one time there was a brunch/breakfast egg casserole or something of the sort recipe that you were going to ask someone from your family to divulge? Did I miss the recipe somewhere, it looked amazing!

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      yes, my nana’s egg casserole! i still need to ask her for it!

      • Brittany on May 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        Oh yes PLEASE!!!!! ask her for the recipe! It looks amazing!

  9. Amanda on May 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Looks delicious! Give The Pilot a big thank you for all he does by the way! Happy Memorial Day!

  10. Emily T on May 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Oooh, this looks great! Thanks for the recipe!
    I made a delicious white sangria/soda yesterday for some family we had over. Suuuuuuper refreshing.
    In a pitcher, I combined 2 bottles of sauvignon blanc, 2 sliced kiwis, 1 pint raspberries, 2 sliced peaches, 1/2 a sliced lemon, and I added a few teaspoons of stevia. This marinated overnight. I had frozen a batch of sliced kiwi, raspberries, & peaches to act as ice cubes. To serve, I poured a 1:1 ratio of sangria to cold club soda and added the frozen fruit. It came out light, crisp, and delicious!

  11. Brie @ Brie Fit on May 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    (pregnant lady sobs in the corner)
    Just a few more months…

    • Blake @ Blake Bakes on May 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      try it with grape juice, i prefer white grape juice. it really is delicious and refreshing, as well as perfectly safe for your baby!

    • JennP on May 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Haha. I hear ya! My c-section is scheduled 3 months from today. I think I can, I think I can…

  12. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on May 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I absolutely love Sangria! I am going to try your recipe.

  13. Julia on May 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Haha, so funny. I am working a PR agency here in Berlin and one of our clients is Barefoot Wine.
    What a coincidence!

  14. Kelly on May 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for the Memorial Day reminder! It’s easy to get wrapped up in BBQs and sales but the real purpose is to pause and be grateful. Thank you to you and the pilot.

  15. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Oh he-lloooo summer! This sounds so delicious and refreshing. I love love that photo of the fruit on the table – so vibrant! Cheers!

  16. Sam @ Fit for My Fork on May 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    We love Sangria in our house too! We don’t tend to put as much effort into it as you do though, so I’m sure yours is probably a lot tastier than ours!

  17. MMiller on May 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I have a Sangria mix I bought from the Columbia restaurant in Tampa! Now I really want to make it! I think that will be the drink of choice for the beach in 2 weeks!!

  18. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on May 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Summer sangria is great! I have a light recipe that is my go-to recipe…it’s my staple for picnics and parties…aaaand just random days when I need a good drink! πŸ™‚

  19. Krystina (Krystina Yogini) on May 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Happy Memorial day to you, the pilot and Olivia. I’m thankful for brave men like him who fight for our country. <3

  20. Melodie on May 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have tried to make Sangria twice and both times it turned out yuck. This recipe seems really simple… I don’t think I can mess this one up!!

  21. Hillary on May 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I need some of this approximately now.

  22. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    This looks amaazing. And now I want sangria!

  23. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Love the red sangria recipe (I’ve been into white lately with peaches, mango, pineapple) and you are so right, inexpensive wine; no one will be able to tell the difference! (especially after 1 or 2 glasses in…lol)

  24. B @ Crags and Veggies on May 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Craving Sangria now! Beautiful pictures!

  25. Jennifer on May 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Just wanted to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the Pilot for your service. πŸ™‚

    (And Gina, let me preface this by saying I am someone completely totally head
    over heals in love with her own man but I do have to agree with you…the Pilot
    does look hot holding a baby πŸ™‚ )

  26. Meg on May 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks to the military spouses/families too for the scarfices you have to make as well. Of course special shout out thanks to Gina (and Liv &Bell) on that one! πŸ˜‰

  27. Sloane @ Life Food and Beer on May 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    The sangria looks great! Prefect for a hot day like today!

  28. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I love wine, but I’ve actually never had sangria before! I’m thinking that needs to change!

  29. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on May 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I bought all the ingredients to make Sangria this weekend and ended up enjoying some Coconut rum instead. Definitely hoping to make your recipe soon! Looks so good.

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      coconut rum sounds so tropical πŸ™‚

  30. Courtney on May 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    That sangria looks AMAZING! I swore off alcohol for the next 30 days … =/

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      wow, that’s awesome! i need my weekly (or bi-weekly) glass of vino πŸ™‚

  31. Christina R on May 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    that looks like a great recipe – i will def be putting that to use this summer!

  32. Shelley on May 29, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I love trying new sangria recipes! Yours looks great!

  33. amanda on June 12, 2012 at 1:08 am

    this looks delish! I have another super easy and el cheapo sangria recipe for you (and your blog readers):
    Mix a cheap red (any TJ’s two buck chuck) with sparkling pink lemonade (also found at TJ’s) and pour over ice. Voila! Deliciousness. You can gussy it up with fresh fruit slices of your choice and can also play around with ratios (depending on how strong you like your sangria). I tend to start with a 50/50 ratio of wine and lemonade and then add more lemonade if I want it lighter and less wine-y. I’ve provided this at summer picnics and it’s always a hit with everyone. I’ve never tried it with a white wine, but I think I will at some point this summer. I’ve definitely been on a white kick πŸ™‚

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